Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus.

True to its vision to be an excellent global university rooted in the Caribbean, The UWI has a growing international presence, with centres like The UWI-SUNY Centre for Leadership and Sustainable Development, based in New York; The UWI–University of Lagos Institute for African and Diaspora Studies and The UWI-University of Johannesburg Institute for Global Africa, based in Africa; and The UWI-Global Institute for Software Technology, in China.

The UWI also boasts faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with over 160 universities globally. It offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science & Technology, Social Sciences and Sport.

The UWI’s new strategic plan 2017-2022, referred to as the Triple A Strategy makes a bold commitment to the revitalization of Caribbean development. The plan is grounded in the objectives of facilitating an access revolution in higher education in the Caribbean region, alignment with industry to help to strengthen the innovation capacity and capabilities of regional economies leading to higher levels of growth, and seeking out potential opportunities in the international marketplace with agility.

Read more on the history of UWI here: uwi.edu/history.asp


In 2018, the regional institution celebrates its 70th anniversary and commitment to enhancing every aspect of Caribbean development and improving the well-being of the people of the Caribbean.

The anniversary year officially begins with an Inter-faith service at The UWI Chapel, Mona Campus in Jamaica on Sunday 7 January, 2018 from 9:15 a.m. (Jamaica time). The special service will also be carried live on www.uwitv.org

Click here to download the full calendar of 70th anniversary events.